The U.S. resettled just over 15,000 Syrian refugees in 2016. According to UNHCR, now more than 4.8 million Syrians are refugees living in many countries, primarily Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. In addition, an estimated 6.6 million Syrians have fled their homes and remain displaced within the country.
"Refugees are not a burden on our communities; they enrich our communities," says Keny-Guyer.
Mercy Corps urges the American public to sign an online petition and call their representatives in Congress to exert pressure on President Trump not to sign the order. The Capitol switchboard number is (202) 224-3121, and operators can direct callers to their representatives and senators.
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SOURCE Mercy Corps